Liz Truss unveils cabinet

Liz Truss has appointed a team of senior ministers, including Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Kwasi Kwarteng

Kwarteng has been a member of parliament in Spelthorne, Surrey, since 2010, while he served as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under Boris Johnson from 2021 to 2022. He wrote a book about the British Empire called Ghosts of Empire in 2011.

Kwarteng and Truss are already neighbours, having moved to the same Greenwich street last year. He is viewed as an ideological soulmate of Truss as a free-marketeer.

In terms of other appointments, Therese Coffey has been appointed as the new health secretary and deputy PM, James Cleverley has been made foreign secretary, while Suella Braverman has been hired as home secretary.

Nadhim Zahawi

The last Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has been kept in the cabinet as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, while Brandon Lewis has been made justice secretary.

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace, who has received praise for the UK’s response to the Russia-Ukraine job, has kept his job as defence secretary.

The chief whip is Wendy Morton, becoming the first woman to hold the role in a Conservative government.

And Penny Mordaunt, who was an early contender for the Prime Minister role, as been appointed leader of the House of Commons.

Many of Rishi Sunak’s key allies have been sidelined, like Dominic Raab and Grant Shapps.

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